THINGS THAT SMELL IN THE NIGHT

SO IT’S HALLOWEEN A PERFECT TIME FOR CREEPY STORIES TRUE OR IMAGINED….

I HAVE A FEW SPOOKY OR WEIRD STORIES..IN FACT QUITE A FEW..BUT I WANT TO TELL JUST A SHORT ONE..

MANY YEARS AGO WHEN MY KIDS WERE QUITE YOUNG WE HAD SOME ODD THINGS HAPPEN..THINGS I COULD NOT EXPLAIN..

THE WEIRDEST WAS THIS SMELL..I STARTED TO NOTICE IN THE HOUSE WE LIVED IN A SMELL OF FRESHLY TURNED EARTH..ALWAYS IN THE DOORWAY OF THE LOUNGE ROOM ENTRANCE AND THE HALL NEAR THE FRONT DOOR..IT DROVE ME CRAZY..I WOULD WANDER AROUND THINKING IS IT MOULDY WASHING IS IT THE CARPET..I SPENT SO MUCH TIME SNIFFING I ALMOST FELT LIKE A BLOODHOUND..MY SENSE OF SMELL HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRETTY GOOD..SO I COULD SPOT IF SOMETHING WAS OFF OR ROTTEN OR GOING MOULDY.

ANYWAY THIS WAS HAPPENING ON AND OFF FOR WEEKS..HUBBY COLDN’T SMELL IT THE KIDS COULDN’T AND IT WAS GETTING STRONGER….

SO WE HAD BOUGHT A NEW COUCH IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF WEEKS OLD..I STARTED TO SNIFF THAT..NUP…

BESIDES THE SMELL WAS THERE BEFORE WE GOT IT..SNIFFED THE CURTAINS..THE CARPET AGAIN..JUST COULDN’T LET IT GO AND IT WAS BECOMING MORE DISTINCTLY EARTH LIKE…THIS ONE NIGHT IT DROVE ME CRAZY..I SAID TO HUBBY ‘SURELY YOU CAN SMELL THAT’ AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID THIS TIME..IT WAS SO STRONG WE BOTH FOLLOWED IT AND ENDED UP IN THE HALLWAY WITH OUR NOSES UP IN THE AIR…THIS SMELL WAS HEAD HEIGHT NOW..ALMOST LIKE A BALL OF SMELL..IT WAS FRESHLY DUG EARTH..NOT OFFENSIVE NOT MOULD IT WAS AS IF WE HAD BEEN DIGGING UP THE GARDEN..NEXT THING WHILE WE WERE SNIFFING LIKE A PAIR OF IDIOTS OUR BEAUTIFUL OLD GINGER GIRL SQUASH CAME TEARING INTO THE LOUNGEROOM FROM DOWN THE HALL..SHE SPRANG ACROSS THE LOUNGEROOM EYES HUGE FUZZED HER TAIL UP LEAPT ON THE COUCH AND SPRAYED EVERYWHERE..I MEAN EVERYWHERE…SOMETHING CLEARLY TERRIFIED HER….. I SAID OUT LOUD ‘OK THAT’S ENOUGH YOU ARE SCARING MY PRECIOUS ANIMALS CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE’ IT DISAPPEARED AS QUICKLY AS IT HAD ARRIVED AND NEVER RETURNED..SQUASH CALMED DOWN AND SHE NEVER SPRAYED AGAIN EVER…..

TRUE STORY…HAPPY HALLOWEEN

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO EVERYONE FROM MYSELF AND MY FAMILY IT’S THE DAY BEFORE HERE BUT MAYBE THE DAY THERE..POSSIBLY…I THINK WE WILL HAVE HALLOWEEN BEFORE YOU..OR NOT..IT’S SPOOKY

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

CLEO IS MY PANTHER KITTY…..SHE IS THE EPITOME OF BEAUTIFUL FELINE ELEGANCE…REMEMBER BLACK CATS NEED HOMES TOO AND THEY ARE NOT BAD LUCK….NOR EVIL…THEY ARE SIMPLY BLACK..A COLOUR NOT A CONDITION!! KEEP THEM SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN.

BOTTLES AND BAGS ..

WHAT A BUSY TIME OF YEAR THIS IS..ALMOST LIKE GROUND HOG DAY FOR US..WE HAD A WEDING THIS TIME LAST YEAR AND COMING UP IN A FEW WEEKS ANOTHER SON STEPS OFF INTO MARRIED LIFE..

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT IS ALL SYSTEMS GO..I HAVE YET TO GET AN OUTFIT..SINCE I HARDLY GO ANYWHERE THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE MY BLUNDSTONE BOOTS YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW MUCH FUN I HAVE SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES… I LOVE SHOPPING FOR KITCHEN TOYS..COOKBOOKS..HARDWARE STORES REALLY GET ME EXCITED..NURSERIES..LOVE IT..CLOTHES SHOPPING..YETCH!! I REALLY DON’T LIKE IT..THE STORE SALES PEOPLE DRIVE ME BONKERS..NO OFFENCE BUT I THINK I KNOW I LOOK LIKE GARBAGE IN SOME THINGS AND REALLY DON’T LIKE BEING TOLD IT LOOKS GREAT…I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE HERE ..

ANYWHO..WHEN I DID MY BIG TRIP THE OTHER DAY I PICKED UP THESE LITTLE BOTTLES FROM MY FUTURE DAUGHTER -IN -LAW..IRONICALLY I GOT THEM FOR HER TO BEGIN WITH SHE PICKED THEM UP AND NOW THEY HAVE BOOMERANGED BACK!

THESE LITTLE BOTTLES ARE FOR GUESTS ON THE TABLES..AMBER WANTED ME TO MAKE HOME MADE JAMS (JELLIES) ..I SUGGESTED WE DO JAMS FOR THE GIRLS AND RED ONION MARMALADE FOR THE BOYS..SO I HAVE THE BOTTLES AND SOON WILL GET MY WITCHES POTS OUT AND START BREWING…

I WILL DO A MIXED BERRY JAM..IT’S ONE OF MY FAVES..

ALSO ON MY BIG TRIP I POPPED IN TO MY LITTLE SISTERS…I MADE SANTA SACKS FOR MY NIECE AND NEPHEW WHEN THEY WERE BORN AND  EACH YEAR I GET THEM BACK AND ADD SOMETHING THAT IS APPROPRIATE TO THEIR YEAR..

FOR EXAMPLE ONE YEAR MY NIECE WAS CRAZY FOR GINGERBREAD MEN LOVED THEM AS A SNACK..SO I FOUND A GINGERBREAD MAN AND SEWED IT ON THE SACK..THIS YEAR SHE IS CRAZY FOR DINOSAURS AND I FOUND A CUTE ONE WHEN HUBBY AND I WENT TO A MARKET IN BRISBANE..

I THINK THAT IT IS A GREAT REMINDER NOT ONLY TO THE KIDS WHEN THEY GROW UP BUT TO THE MUMS AND DADS..A REMINDER OF WHAT WAS SO IMPORTANT AT THAT TIME IN THEIR LIFE..

JAIME'S SACK HAS GOLD COINS SEWN ON IT

JAIME’S SACK HAS GOLD COINS SEWN ON IT

IN DETAIL …

GINGER BREAD MAN A XMAS PUDDING A REINDEER AND THIS YEAR IT WILL BE A DINOSAUR!

GINGER BREAD MAN A XMAS PUDDING A REINDEER AND THIS YEAR IT WILL BE A DINOSAUR!

OLIVERS SACK …

OLLIE'S SACK HAS JINGLE BELLS..HE HAS A REINDEER..THIS YEAR I WILL POP A LITTLE TOW TRUCK ON IF I CAN FIND ONE..HE'S A WRECKER HAHA

OLLIE’S SACK HAS JINGLE BELLS..HE HAS A REINDEER..THIS YEAR I WILL POP A LITTLE TOW TRUCK ON IF I CAN FIND ONE..HE’S A WRECKER HAHA

 

OLLIE’S IN DETAIL..

DETAIL PIC

DETAIL PIC

SO BETWEEN SOME JAM MAKING,SEWING ..A QUILT PATCH TO FINISH FOR CWA,TAKING OVER IN THE ROLE OF SECRETARY FOR OUR CWA BRANCH IN A FEW WEEKS,FINDING AN OUTFIT,HELPING HUBBY FINISHING FENCING,BURNING OFF FOR SUMMER,THE CAKE FOR MY NIECES PARTY THAT HAD TO BE PUT OF FOR VARIOUS REASONS,AND A WEDDING AND  ALL THE BLOGGIE NEWS AND FUN I THINK I MAY NEED A VACATION…THIS IS A CLUE BY THE WAY TO SOME EXCITING NEWS….

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE ‘BAGS’ OF FUN TODAY IF IN THE UK STAY SAFE IF IN NSW STAY SAFE

CHEERS ALL 🙂

 

TRAVELLING AROUND

BOY..I HAVE HAD A BUSY WEEKEND AND IT GOT ME TO THINKING ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT PERCEPTIONS OF TIME AND TRAVEL..NOT TIME TRAVELLING..BUT DISTANCES…

I HAVE READ AND HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF SPACE IN THIS LAND I CALL HOME FROM MANY OVERSEAS PEOPLE.

WE ALL HAVE A PERCEPTION OF A PLACE AND FORM AN IDEA AND HOW OFTEN WE GET IT WRONG..

FOR EXAMPLE I HAVE HEARD OVERSEAS GUESTS COMMENT THAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO VISIT MANY AUSTRALIAN LANDMARKS IN ONE DAY..WE ARE A SMALL COUNTRY BUT IT’S DECEPTIVE..VERY DECEPTIVE.

I LIVE IN VICTORIA IT’S POSTION IS AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR COUNTRY ,NOT AS FAR AS TASMANIA BUT STILL AT THE BOTTOM.IT SEEMS TO BE A SMALL STATE BUT IT IS VAST.

SATURDAY FOR EXAMPLE I WAS VISITING MY FUTURE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW,WITH ONLY WEEKS UNTIL THE WEDDING SHE WAS HAVING A GET TOGETHER OF THE GIRLS..I ALSO WANTED TO POP IN AND VISIT WITH MY LITTLE SISTER AND HER HUBBY AND TWO SMALL CHILDREN,SHE LIVES NOT FAR FROM THE GET TOGETHER I WAS GOING TO.ALSO I WANTED TO POP IN AND SEE MY MUM ALSO NOT FAR.

I DON’T LIVE IN REMOTE VICTORIA I AM IN A RURAL COUNTRY TOWN BUT NOT IN THE BOONIES AS WE SAY.

I SET OFF JUST BEFORE 10.00AM..I GOT HOME AT 9.30 PM I SPENT 5 HOURS IN THE CAR AND TRAVELLED 320 KMS IN TOTAL.

THIS COUNTRY IS SMALL BUT THE DISTANCES BETWEEN OUR STATES IS STILL QUITE BIG.

HUBBY AND I HAVE DRIVEN AROUND TASMANIA A SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL STATE,I HAVE BEEN TO QUEENSLAND MANY TIMES AND THIS IS WHERE WE WILL RETIRE ,SYDNEY I LOVE ALSO BUT THEY STILL DON’T MAKE A GOOD COFFEE (SORRY GUYS MELBOURNES THE CAPITAL) ADELAIDE I STAYED THEIR BRIEFLY AND LOVED THE ARCHITECTURE.CANBERRA WE VISITED WHEN WE WENT TO SEE OUR DAUGHTER FOR HER BIRTHDAY,SOME GREAT GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS BUT CAN’T GET A COFFEE AFTER 4 ON A SATURDAY..IT’S LIKE A GHOST TOWN. ALICE SPRINGS I DID A WHIRLWIND ONE NIGHT STAY DID NOT SEE MUCH SADLY.

I AM YET TO SEE PERTH OR DARWIN.

SO I A SORE AND SORRY..MY BUTT IS STILL NUMB..SO I THINK I MAY HEAD TO BED EARLY …HOPING YOUR DAY WAS BRIGHT AND YOUR TRAVEL WERE SMOOTH !

 

RARE SIGHTING

Morning all..i had a rare sighting this morning….

THE RARE TABBY BIRD

THE RARE TABBY BIRD

Unbelievable I know!! I rushed to action…concerned I may scare it away…what a sighting!!

WHAT A SIGHTING

WHAT A SIGHTING

The Tabby cat bird is unaware I have crept up on it..she is a beauty!!  The Tabby cat bird enjoys the company of other birds, it will frequent watering holes hoping to communicate with them. Well camoflagued it can often be unseen by the other birds it like to seek company with. .this leads to all sorts of problems as the other birds mistake it’s intentions  when they see it suddenly and take flight.

The Tabby bird hence gets very little interaction with them…

Like all birds the Tabby cat bird also enjoys the garden.. and can often be seen flicking up the soil ..possibly looking for grubs…as it does so it leaves sweet little mounds all over the garden beds.

RARE AND MOST WELCOMED

RARE AND MOST WELCOMED

Strangely these little mounds draw much interest and excitement from the canine population.. what is it that attracts them so…scientists still wonder at this (as do canine owners) ..what could it be????

I feel so blessed to have had this sighting ..what a beauty and what a welcome visitor to any garden…

Would you agree 😉

Have a great Thursday….

TIMELY REMINDER

Hi every one ,i have been a bit remiss at getting my second post on emergency prep up here ..due to the current situation in NSW with horrendous fires ravaging the bush I am now reminded of the importance of this post.

You see it is Spring..yes spring and I am remiss because apart from a few lovely days it has been colder than winter..today pouring rain..but the news reminds me that will change on a dime..you see the rain is great..but the grasses and undergrowth grow and then dry then burn..

We do a clean up every spring, but we have not had the weather to do so..wind has to be right,temp humidity etc..we don’t burn like idiots just necessary..by bumbling around in the bush we give the wildlife a chance to move away ..if something looks as if it has become a home it is left.

THE SUMMER DRY OUT

THE SUMMER DRY OUT

Anyway..i covered that a bit before so…my car is all but finished being packed. Photos and Documents ready to be moved for summer..two small suitcases with a change of clothes , toiletries, shoes for hubby and I packed and in.

The cat carriers are in the sewing room

..the girls will walk past them everyday get used to them and they are right there to go.

It bears remembering animals panic as do we..so on high risk day they are inside all of the animals with me ..the bedroom doors are closed..i found one time they took off under beds in different rooms and there is no time for this sort of mucking around.

The dogs have their leads inside with me. If you have cat enclosures remember to lock the access as they will get out and if you need to go then it’s a point of entry also for fire .This I also forgot last time.

Gas bottles turn the valve away from the house and switch off.

If you can back up things from your computer on to hard disk and keep it away from the house that is also a good idea.

To our go pack..here is Pickles with the kit…

Well done Pickles !

Well done Pickles !

Okay..vet documents..have them with you not separate in case they need emergency boarding.

Their medications are kept inside due to heat in a car over summer..their is cream for burns,sun protection (for both us and pets) eye drops,betadine,dust masks,bandaids,full first aid kit,torch,hand sanitizer,bite cream,water spray bottles to spray cats in carriers to keep them cool,radio scanner,jumper leads,emergency beacon,collapsible  water and feed bowls ,cat and dog food (not heaps as you will need enough only for a short time as you can access food later) also in the car two giant containers of water,dog harnesses,dog runs,blankets. My car is full of fuel and will stay that way .

Now this is a thing you may not think of ….

MY BABIES

MY BABIES

My precious babies..they will be with me..no matter what they are with me..sometimes people might not think about this,because you have them with you all the time you can forget ..remember the things you see each day may be forgotten..so what is precious to you..pack it early…

So …checklist..

DO YOU HAVE DOCUMENTS PHOTOS DISKS OUT

DO YOU HAVE PROVISIONS FOR YOUR ANIMALS AND YOURSELF

DO YOU HAVE VET PAPERS

DO YOU AHVE MEDICINES HUMAN AND PET PRESCRIPTIONS GLASSES

DO YOU HAVE MOBILE PHONE CHARGER ,BATTERIES FOR PORTABLE RADIOS SCANNERS TORCHES

DO YOU HAVE BEDDING FOR ANIMALS TOYS WATER WATER WATER

DO YOU HAVE FIRST AID FOR YOURSELF AND PETS

PET BOWLS LEADS RUNS COLLARS CAR HARNESSES

Remember animals panic and they pick up on your fears ..there could be thick smoke , day may become night you will be giving off an air of fear..so a comforting toy,blanket,and calm voice helps.

We actually do a trial a couple of times..on hot days,and this gets the girls used to being grabbed up and put in carriers, the dogs used to getting run into the car on a hot and yukky day.

I keep the scanner on all the time (it actually ran out of battery and started making it’s beeping early the  other morning..) I keep the mobile well charged also.

I have maps in my car of the area and have worked out which ways to go dependant on the threat.

I have also a small portable radio and of course the emergency apps on my phone..

The house is locked the windows are already closed on bad days,the curtains are kept open to keep an eye on the day, and the things I can’t leave in the car all season are next to the back door.The garden is soaked in the morning of a bad day.

Reality is the house is insured..there is nothing there that is worth dying for…when we were out of our old house during the Black Saturday Fires for a month we went back at one stage to check it was ok prior to what was possibly going to be a bad bad day..we had all the animals at the Victorian  Animal Aid Trust in Coldstream where they were safe,we had the sheep with a lovely family in a safe area and so we went ‘Home’ ..I can tell you..all our things were out as I have described above and all the fur babies were also not there..we went inside and I burst into tears…I realised ‘Home’ is not where you live it is who and what you live with..it felt empty in more ways than one.

LETS GO GRANNIE

LETS GO GRANNIE

I missed my animals I had not seen them for a month,we were living with our kids and the simplest things became stressful..our eldest son had his engagement party and getting ready I needed a little safety pin for something..there was none..i realised it’s these little tiny things you are so used to having access to that are not there..hubby and I the day before our town was mapped as possibly being wiped out,went to Mc Donalds just to get out and be normal..the wind was howling,the sky smoke hazed..we sat there looking at the signs blowing dreading what this would mean..everyone else seemed oblivious…you see for them it was over..it was one day of horror they went back to their daily life…it was surreal..In fact the day after Black Saturday the newspaper reported that 14 people were dead..the toll was in fact 173….not known for a long time …

Anyway this is a not perfect go kit list,it will be different for all but it may help with ideas…

I am going to head off now, i actually feel a bit teary..my next post I might go through some of the emotions that people go through when these crisis’s happen you may be surprised at the effect such events have on you and your pets.

STAY SAFE NSW..DON’T BE A HERO JUST GO IF IT’S SAFE..THOUGHTS WITH YOU ALL

MY MONDAY

I AM OFF TO BED,I FORGOT TO MAKE SOMETHING FOR HUBBY FOR A WORK MORNING TEA..

HE SAID NOT TO WORRY BUT I PROMISED SO IT CAME TO PASS THAT NOW AT NEARLY ONE IN THE MORNING I HAVE JUST FINISHED SOME LEMON AND BLUEBERRY FRIANDS..PITY I WON’T GET TO TASTE ONE..

THEY LOOK YUMMY..

THEY LOOK YUMMY..

ALSO AT LAST I GOT TWO PICK SOME ROSES..I HAVE WAITED SO LONG IT SEEMS FOR THESE SWEET FLOWERS..THEY ARE PEACE ROSES AND SMELL DIVINE…

PEACE ROSES

PEACE ROSES  

I AM YET TO PLANT THE GRANNIES BONNET ( AQUELIGIA) THAT I PICKED UP AT THE SUNDAY MARKET..THEY ARE SO SWEET..

GRANNIES BONNET

GRANNIES BONNET

AND SO THE DAY CAME TO AN END….

A BRIEF LIE IN THE SUN PUDDLES

A BRIEF LIE IN THE SUN PUDDLES

WHAT A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND A DAY…